Grossman day to day after twisting ankle

Grossman day to day after twisting ankle

HOUSTON -- Outfielder and leadoff hitter Robbie Grossman sat out on Thursday against the Rangers after he twisted his left ankle turning around first base following his single in the seventh inning of Wednesday's loss to the A's. Manager Bo Porter said that Grossman is day to day.

"Because [Oakland] made a pitching change, he [had time] to come in and get his ankle taped, and a lot of the time, the adrenaline helps you get through the rest of the game, but he woke up this morning and it was pretty sore," Porter said.

Meanwhile, injured outfielders Alex Presley (strained oblique) and George Springer (strained left quad) are getting closer to being activated. Presley, who's been out since July 8, hopes to take batting practice on the field on Friday. Springer, out since July 20, has been doing that for several days.

"That's the next big step," Presley said.

Both Presley and Springer went on Minor League rehab assignments earlier this month and had setbacks. Since the regular season ends for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday, it's unclear whether they would do more rehab if the RedHawks make the playoffs.

"We haven't talked about that yet," Porter said. "I know Presley and Springer are getting close. Are they close enough to where they can go play? We don't know that yet, but I think the more activity they're able to do and the more we're able to intensify it, that decision can be made after that."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.